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Roadside America, Shartlesville

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web
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  • This place is amazing! The display is incredible! Their night show has to be seen! I hadn't been there in quite a few years and it is just as I remembered! A must see for the train enthusiast! 
  • Bring your camera!! It's so cool and they give you a pamphlet that you can read as you walk around the entire display. The pamphlet helps add even more excitement and interest to the experience so I s...  read more »
  • Remember this as child. Enjoyed sharing with my family. Loved It all over again! It's never changing but dinner each time. 
  • This is a neat place!! If you enjoy a little history, art and a sense of wonder this is a must stop by! Lots of great details like rivers, streams, bridges, tunnels and several working mechanical models. Sure there are a few button that didn't work, but consider the incredible amount of details and work that took this one man nearly 60 years to build! One church alone took 400 hours to create, complete with hand painted stained glass windows.
  • This is the best of the many train layouts I have seen. You can view the massive display from four sides and three different levels. It does not cost an arm and a leg to visit either. The kids easily spent two hours wandering around in circles admiring the super fine details laid out (most probably 50 years ago). Maybe it gets crowded, but not in the evening when we were there. We basically had the place to ourselves. Everything is O scale, and there are a couple interactive parts for the kids to enjoy (operate your own trolley car on the layout). They even simulate night every so often so you can admire the city at dusk. Very cool! Also, there is a little gift shop with train-related items. Worth checking out in my opinion. I've been coming here for almost 40 years and hope to come for 40 more.
  • We were not expecting much, so when my friends and I walked in, our jaws hit the floor. It takes way longer than you think to see everything here. The detail is so intricate, and craft work so meticulous, that you'll thrill to it all as you stare intensely. Plus, my group was not all white or Christian, so it started seeming odd as the more of the model world we saw, the more we noticed that all the little people inhabiting it were white. And there were a few churches. So we chuckled at that, seeing as how Roadside America is one man's life's work from a different time, but what happened next floored us. We were totally unprepared. They have something called "The Nighttime Pageant", where they dim the lights into hues of purple and orange to simulate the sun setting over the landscape. Then all the lights go down, and all the miniature buildings light up. It looks like a beautiful nightscape and they have small lights in the ceiling that simulate stars. Then God Bless America starts playing over an old fashioned PA system and an old-fashioned slide projector projects a gigantic Jesus Christ next to the Statue of Liberty as the sun rises. It was a bona-fide religious experience, and my Jewish friends remarked to me that if they wanted to convert somebody to Christianity, this is where they would take them. A+, and God bless Roadside America.
  • An amazing model of a city, mountains, waterfalls, and everything else in between. If you are into model trains, you will love this place. It's very nostalgic, brings back memories about what it must have been like way back when. Souvenir shop is nice. Employees are friendly.
  • The time and effort it took to build this amazing miniature village is unfathomable! There are several interactive spots to push s button and make things "move" or "go". Take the time to read the pamphlet as you go to enhance the experience. Awesome stop!
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